It’s always great to receive feedback and examples of the practical application of Alien Skin products in our users’ work, especially when the end results are unique and inspirational. An excellent example of this presented itself recently, when we were contacted by Brian Hanson of Hidden Notice to tell us about a film project he recently completed for Ambiguous Clothing‘s “Artist First” series.

The film, which Brian processed entirely in Exposure, features Los Angeles native artist/illustrator Michael Hsiung and documents his career path, process and philosophy, It also pulls Michael’s work off the page and puts it into a real life setting to create a very cool piece of work indeed. Check it out for yourself:

Now, getting such amazing results for a video might seem to require a lot of hard work, but Brian’s workflow is pretty straightforward. He explains his process as follows:

“I know it’s a bit of a different workflow than most would take, but, after having used Exposure for years editing stills, I saw no reason why I couldn’t adapt it to video. I shoot with RED Epic and Scarlet cameras, so I was already familiar with pulling 4k/5k stills and editing in Photoshop.

With Exposure, I really enjoy the realistic references to film stocks as well as the control Exposure gives me, so I was excited to see what I could create.

In shooting the “Michael Hammer Hsiung” piece, I knew it needed to be especially vibrant. I had in mind a golden, glowing metallic look for L.A. in a few shots, and then a bleached, washed-out, over-sharpened look in other areas to convey Michael’s connection to that place and time. Exposure was the best solution for that in my mind, I had so much freedom to push/pull the looks, adding secondary adjustments etc. and just generally create unique images.

My workflow was actually pretty easy: I edit in Adobe Premiere CS6 with the native R3D files that my cameras shoot. So, first I’d fine-tune the look of the RAW clip to allow for the most latitude (just as I’d do with a still from my Canon EOS 5D Mark II). Then, once I felt that my edit was locked in, I would export a full-res 5k TIFF image sequence. As a next step, I’d pull a single still into Exposure, create my look, make a Photoshop action and run the image sequence for that clip through Exposure saving the new image sequence in a separate folder. I’d then reassemble the image sequences into 5k ProRes444 files, pull them back into my timeline and I’d be ready to go.

I’m stoked on the outcome of the piece and confident that I’ll be using Exposure moving forward.”

We think you’ll agree that, aside from the Michael’s inspirational story and approach to his art, Brian’s videography, editing and post-production is truly excellent. For us, it’s always gratifying to see Exposure used in creative new ways, and to be associated with such a polished piece of visual art is a true privilege.

As a token of our appreciation and support, we’re sending Brian a copy of our Photo Bundle to help ensure he continues turning out great projects like this.

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We look forward to hearing from you and seeing all your great work.

Have a brilliant week, everyone!